Peter Garrett/Midnight Oil: The Dead Heart

16 Apr

Midnight Oil album Diesel and Dust
Midnight Oil’s 1987 album Diesel and Dust

Birthday greetings to Midnight Oil’s lead singer Peter Garrett, who celebrates No. 57 today.

It’s not many rock stars who answer to “Honorable,” but Garrett, an elected Labor Party member of the Australian legislative body, does. In fact, it was Garrett’s election in 2002 that led to the breaking up of the group, commonly referred to as “The Oils” (they have performed since for benefit concerts).
Activism is nothing new to Garrett or Midnight Oil. The group’s songs have long trumpeted environmental causes or the plight of the aborigines (the original people of Australia). At the close of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, the band dressed in black with the word “Sorry,” to protest Prime Minister John Howard’s policies toward the aborigines. In 1990 they performed outside the Exxon building in New York to protest the Exxon-Valdez oil spill.
Garrett, according to, from the documentary of the group’s Exxon performance: “We’re a small screaming voice. But we’ll keep speaking. If they don’t listen now, someone will be listening tomorrow.”
We carry in our hearts the true country
And that cannot be stolen
We follow in the steps of our ancestry
And that cannot be broken
Midnight Oil, The Dead Heart (link below)

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